Eastern Standard

Thursday 11:00 am; Sunday 6pm

WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, hosted by John Hingsbergen.

Call 800-621-8890 with your questions or comments during the show. You can also email your comments to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, or post your comments and questions on Facebook and Twitter.  Between shows, you are welcome to leave a comment or question on the WEKU Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657.   If you allow us to do so, we may use your comments on the air.

We're interested in your questions, comments or personal stories.

Richard Turner

In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.

Logan Riley

The Kentucky Senate wants to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. That’s an issue affecting transgender students while late last year, an Ohio teen committed suicide stating a hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people.

On this week's show, we'll carry on the dialogue about transgender rights and identity.

Richard Turner

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University faced a perceived threat on public safety stemming from bathroom graffiti.

  On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss emergency planning, crisis management, and communication on college campuses.

Police shootings in African-American communities have been in the headlines during recent months. Such incidents have raised concerns about race relations.

Due to scheduling issues in trying to produce an original show for this week, this program was an "encore presentation" of one that originally aired on August 29, 2013.  Here is a link to the original post.

Guests for this week's program will include:

A change of plans from the originally-scheduled topic, which we will be re-scheduling at a later date. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us to discuss how the university handles "snow days," terroristic threats and other matters.

Send your questions, comments or stories by email to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or call 859-622-1657 and leave a comment.

From 2002 through 2006, there were no reported deaths from Heroin overdose in Lexington. Compare that to 44 such fatalities in 2013 and there’s apparently a problem. This week's Eastern Standard is an encore presentation of a show first aired on October 9, 2014


Guests for this week's show: Josh Nadzam - Researcher and writer for UnderMain (under-main.com); 

Richard Turner

As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.

We’re interested in your comments and questions before the show by email to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or on the phone at 859-622-1657.

Last month, the city of Louisville voted to raise the minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour, a move that will be complete by 2017.  As part of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, a bill is on the table that could see a similar increase state-wide.   

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll talk the Minimum Wage in Kentucky.

Richard Turner

Kentucky landowners have reported being approached by companies wishing to lease their land, potentially for large scale oil and gas production.   The region in question, referred to as the Rogersville Shale, stretches across Eastern Kentucky and into neighboring West Virginia.    

In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear called for passage of a statewide workplace smoking ban. Already, cigarettes have already been snuffed out in many businesses, restaurants and campuses across the Bluegrass State and on this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk smoking bans.

Logan Riley

This week's show is an encore from Sept. 18, 2014. 

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.


Winter doesn’t start officially until this weekend but we’ve already had some tastes of the wind and the cold to come. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we ask the question What’s the Forecast: Winter Weather in the Commonwealth.

We’re interested in your questions, comments and stories. 

Richard Turner

In 2013, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we will be discussing sustainable energy initiatives in Kentucky and what alternative energy sources the state can support.  

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer.  That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.

Jonese Franklin

A  new novel by a Lexington-based author Brad Jones addresses issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and care for our nation’s veterans. During this PTSD Awareness Month, we’ll hear more about the novel Black Walls Turn Gray and discuss the experiences of this former Marine who served in Afghanistan.

This program, during the week of Veterans' Day. is an encore of a show that aired this past June. 

The mid-term election will be behind us, but we'll take one more opportunity to discuss it on this week's show. We'll be interested in your reactions to the results, from the point of view of the Commonwealth.

Logan Riley

Next week, the citizens of Lexington will elect a mayor and fill nine of 15 seats on the Urban-County Council.  Kentuckians will choose their six representatives to the U.S. House and on one of the state’s two Senators. On this week’s EST, a Reporters’ Roundtable on the election. 

Since May, there have been three persons investigated for Ebola contamination in Fayette County.  While none of those cases tested positive, the outbreak in West Africa and the fact that two Americans have gotten the disease have raised concerns all over the U.S.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, how concerned should WE be about Ebola?

While most people are aware of breast cancer today, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. During this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'll discuss the disease, how it is detected and treated and meet a survivor.

From 2002 through 2006, there were no reported deaths from Heroin overdose in Lexington. Compare that to 44 such fatalities in 2013 and there’s apparently a problem. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet the the researcher and creator of a multi-media report on the Explosion of Heroin Addiction in Lexington. 

Guests for this week's show: Josh Nadzam - Researcher and writer for UnderMain (under-main.com); 

Kentuckians as well as folks in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan are waiting on a ruling on same-sex marriage from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Knowing that a ruling could come soon…and in light of growing speculation of the issue going to the nation’s highest court, we’ll discuss Re-defining marriage on this week’s EST.

Earlier this year, Kentucky school officials announced an effort to gather public input on Common Core educational standards.  The standards represent what students in kindergarten through high school should know by the end of each grade.

We're interested in your questions and comments. Send them to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, call 859-622-1657 or send a tweet @889wekuWEKU..


Logan Riley

Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.


Gov. Steve Beshear has declared this week of September 8 through as Kentucky Storytelling Week. In that context, we'll discuss this form of spoken art with three professional storytellers. 

Delinda Dent is a professor of Education at Eastern Kentucky University who uses and teaches storytelling with her students. Some of her projects with storytelling have included work with the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Riding for Hope, Model Elementary School, and an assisted living complex in Richmond.

Logan Riley

As area restaurants, foodies and others involved in feeding and consumption of edible 

products at this year's Crave Lexington, we'll have a tasty conversation about all things food-related.

Our guests will share some ideas and be prepared for your questions or tips: Robbie Morgan, Director of Crave Lexington 2014;  John-Mark Hack, Executive Director for the Local Food Association; Local celebrity chef, Jeremy Ashby.

Lexington Herald Leader

This week's show features an "encore presentation" of our show from last spring with Joel Aalberts, Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.  The 2014-15 schedule of concerts and other performances will be the first he has put together for the center which opened in 2011.

The tragic death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has shone a spotlight on the issue of depression. We did some research and discovered that Kentucky ranks well within the top ten states experiencing this form of mental illness.  


What stories or issues have been on your mind ? How do you feel about coverage of local, regional, national or international news?  What stories have been covered too much and which stories do we need to hear more about?     


Richard Turner


Studies indicate that having access to the Internet increases employment and income, enhances consumer welfare and promotes civic engagement. But, of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 45 have been described as in the “slow lane” of the Information Highway. 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss efforts to bring Kentucky’s internet access up to speed.

Our guests:  

- Brian E. Kiser, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development;